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House of Rainbow Bridge – Phnom Penh

March 06, 2011

Happy TreeA week ago, I made a trip to Phnom Penh, Cambodia as part of a team representing Singapore for an International Wedding Soiree. I had never been to Cambodia before and jumped at the chanced when I was invited to be part of the show.

Though our trip was a short one with ‘work’ as an item on the agenda, we took the time to visit the city, some of it’s historical landmarks and to experience the city life of Phnom Penh. It was an eye opener for me and the short time I spent in the city was definitely not enough, I will have to visit Cambodia again.

And a reason for my want to return to Cambodia is to re-visit the House of Rainbow Bridge. The House of Rainbow Bridge, established by Happy Tree Social Services, is a hospice orphanage for HIV+/AIDS affected orphans.

Happy Tree

Happy Tree Social Services established House of Rainbow Bridge Hospice Orphanage in Phnom Penh in 2004, providing a home for HIV+/AIDS affected orphans. There, they receive medication and education, as well as love and care. House of Rainbow Bridge symbolizes a bridge connecting the earth to Heaven. With our efforts, we hope they can complete their last journey with dignity and in peace.
- http://www.happytree.org.hk/

Though we only had a small window to visit the orphanage, the short one hour was the highlight of the trip for me. I cannot take credit for organizing the trip to the orphanage – I knew we were going to make a trip but because I didn’t know what to expect about the orphanage, I think made the visit a little more enriching for me. And as I sit here typing out this entry, I realize I am at a loss of words to express the experience that I know has affected me. So, I will just let these pictures do the talking.

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Find out more about Happy Tree Social Services and the House of Rainbow Bridge here –
http://www.happytree.org.hk/home-en

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    I’ve been for about 5 times :) I love Phalla :)

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    I’ve been for about 5 times :) I love Phalla :)





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Food Glorious Peranakan Food

March 02, 2011

Candlenut Kitchen

A little over a year ago, a modest little restaurant called The Candlenut Kitchen, opened on Neil Road.

Opened by my cousin – Chef Malcolm Lee – the restaurant serves Peranakan dishes with recipes from our dearest ‘Por Por’ (Grandma) but with a modern twist.

Malcolm with a Miele Guide Culinary Scholarship graduated at the top of his cohort from the Sunrice GlobalChef Academy in ’09. While he could have worked at any of the top restaurants, Malcolm answered his calling to open his first restaurant. And nothing called him home like Peranakan food.

Ayam Buah KeluakAyam Buah Keluak: A peranakan signature of buah keluak nuts and chicken

Babi ChinBabi Chin: Braised pork belly, black mushrooms and potatoes in tau cheo gravy.

While Malcolm may be top chef, Aunty Kym (Malcolm’s mother) is the head of the kitchen, making sure that the food that gets plated tastes just like Grandma’s. Now, if you know the Peranakans no one else’s food tastes better than their own Grandmother’s. And there is always something lacking in some other restaurants food. But I think when your own Por Por who has visited the restaurant gives her stamp of approval, then there surely must be something right.

Itek TimItek Tim

Kueh Pie TeeKueh Pie Tee: Braised turnips with pork belly, served in kueh pie tee shells with prawns.

Fish CurryFish Curry

Chendol CreamChendol Cream

Sago MelakaSago Melaka

Desserts

The restaurant may have a deep family spirit – picture frames with photographs of our families and Por Por’s beaded slippers hang on the wall – but the restaurant is very much Malcolm’s own creation. I am so proud of him to have followed his passion and put in all the hard work to open and run his own restaurant.

I only hope these photographs do some justice to the delicious food.

Candlenut Kitchen

The Candlenut Kitchen
http://www.candlenutkitchen.com/

25 Neil Road
Singapore, Singapore, 088816
+65 6226 2506

Mon – Sat:
11:30 am – 3:00 pm
6:00 pm – 10:30 pm





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Of Beer and Pirates: Jan+Jeanette {Wedding}

February 17, 2011

Wedding of Jan+Jeanette
It’s been a while since I posted a set of an entire wedding and I couldn’t be happier than to post Jan and Jeanette’s.

Jan and Jeanette are the sort of couple who are simply unpretentious, warm, kind and great to hang out with. When we first met, we talked a little about their wedding and then talked a lot about beer – Guinness, Asahi Dry, Kilkenny’s and Stella Artois (It was only through Jan did I learn about the notorious nickname for Stella Artois). Then, a couple weeks before their wedding, we met up to chat about their day’s schedule over – surprise, surprise – beer.

Jan and Jeanette’s wedding was an eventful day, where pirates arrived with rum but were instead made to walk planks. You could just sense the closeness of Jan and Jeanette’s friends – of whom some had flown in specially for their wedding – and how magnetized they were as a group.

And when the Captain finally got his bride, they celebrated the night away with food, drink and great company by the water way.

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Wedding of Jan+Jeanette…and beer.

Wedding of Jan+JeanetteArrrh! Shiver me timbers, it’s make up.’

Wedding of Jan+JeanetteWedding of Jan+JeanetteWedding of Jan+JeanetteWedding of Jan+JeanetteWedding of Jan+JeanetteWedding of Jan+JeanetteWedding of Jan+JeanetteFishing…

Wedding of Jan+Jeanette…for a winning Bridge hand. I learnt that it wasn’t just beer that brought them together, but the game of bridge as well.

Wedding of Jan+JeanetteWedding of Jan+JeanetteWedding of Jan+JeanetteWedding of Jan+JeanetteWedding of Jan+JeanetteWedding of Jan+JeanetteTime to quench that thirst with an ice cold one.

Wedding of Jan+Jeanette‘Gimme $888.88 in exact change!’

Wedding of Jan+Jeanette‘Sure. But you’d have to count these coins first!’ Jan had wanted to change 5 cent coins instead, but the bank had run out. True story.

Wedding of Jan+JeanetteWedding of Jan+JeanetteWedding of Jan+JeanetteWedding of Jan+JeanetteI love it that people don’t pay very much attention to me when I’m shooting. And that’s when you catch them inexplicably looking at the bouquet rather than at the camera.

Wedding of Jan+JeanetteWedding of Jan+JeanetteWedding of Jan+JeanetteWedding of Jan+JeanetteThe couple then headed to Meritus Mandarin Singapore for an evening poolside solemnization and an outdoor dinner.

Wedding of Jan+JeanetteFrom way up here, those swimmers look like tiny frogs.

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Wedding of Jan+JeanetteWedding of Jan+JeanetteWedding of Jan+JeanetteWedding of Jan+JeanetteMarried!

Wedding of Jan+JeanetteWedding of Jan+JeanetteLots of {{hugs}} going around that day.

Wedding of Jan+JeanetteWedding of Jan+JeanetteWedding of Jan+JeanetteWedding of Jan+JeanetteWedding of Jan+JeanetteTaking a shot of myself, taking a shot of someone, taking a shot.

Wedding of Jan+JeanetteAnd then I was given an ultimatum -Take the shot, or else! That tequila hit the spot.

Wedding of Jan+JeanetteWedding of Jan+JeanetteSometimes, at the end of a celebration when everyones’ left and your brain and body thinks its time to pack up for the night. Your heart tells you to stay. And when you do, you capture a moment that happens just once – an uncontrieved moment between father and daughter.

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PS: When Jan, Jeanette and I met again after their wedding, guess what we met over?

…Beer of course. :D





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To a Prosperous Lunar New Ear!

February 01, 2011

A Prosperous Lunar New Ear

Dazza and all the guys at WPN (Wedding Photographers Network) wishing all a Prosperous Lunar New Ear!

Gong Xi Fa Cai and Every Year Every Year Got Fish! (年年有余)





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Once upon a starry night – Yao Hong+Michelle {Wedding Portraits}

January 10, 2011

Yao Hong+MichelleBehind the dynamics of every couple is a unique and individual story. A story none can contrive and replicate – stories happen as they happen. And the story of Yao Hong and Michelle is a sweet one containing a camp-out, a torchlight and glow in the dark stars. While that is just part of the story, this chapter involves an intimate solemnization at One Rochester with close friends and family. And continues with some lovely portraits…

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The Secret to 35 Years of Marriage {Wedding Portraits}

December 29, 2010

Auntie Patricia and Uncle Vincent

Auntie Patricia and Uncle Vincent

In the short span of four years as a wedding photographer, I’ve mostly photographed couples who are embarking on a fresh phase of life as newly weds. It is always a joy for me to be able to witness the spirit of two individuals coming together with an exciting and amazing path ahead of them. And I guess it would come full circle for a photographer, to be able to capture the spirit of a couple who have stuck through the thick and thin for years long after their wedding day.

And so several weeks ago, Mr and Mrs Chua celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary. As a gift to her parents, wordsmith wannabe and twitter addict – Nicholina – thought that a series of portraits would commemorate the tale of Mom and Dad. ‘Uncle’ Vincent and ‘Auntie’ Patricia were a joy to photograph, my assumptions of an older couple hugging and stealing kisses, quickly went out the window as we spent one morning walking about and chatting during our shoot.

“His sincerity”
“I just knew”
“Dad makes a mean Crackling Roast Pork”
“Not after many failed attempts”
“Are your parents the hugging sort?”
“Awwww…”

Are but snippets of that morning, but this I remember most of what Uncle Vincent said;

“Understand each other and know when to give and take” was the straightforward and thoughtful answer that Uncle Vincent revealed was the secret to his and Auntie Patricia’s 35 year union.

And I think that surely must be the right recipe for Mr and Mrs Chua’s years together.

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    Sure thing! Will tell Dad that you’ve requested for some! :)

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    Sure thing! Will tell Dad that you’ve requested for some! :)

  5. dazza says:

    Most welcome Nickadee-doodah!

    I think it was very easy photographing your parents, they surprised me with many moments of their own especially the hugs and that little peck towards the end of the shoot. Thank you for bringing that one on.

    Roast pork soon! :P

  6. Nickadee says:

    R2D2, I cannot thank you enough for this set of gorgeous photos. Needless to say, my parents are over the moon as well, even though they’ve only seen 3 shots so far. :P

    You managed to capture the dynamics and essence of my parents’ relationship perfectly… and I think I’m gonna have a hard time trying to top this gift when their 50th anniversary comes around.

    Once again, thank you very, very much from the bottom of our hearts. :)





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A ‘Merry Birds’ Christmas

December 27, 2010

Christmas – a season of giving, sharing, shopping, eating, drinking, reindeers, elves, mistletoe, Santa Claus, Jesus’ birth, Christ Mass or a pagan festival? What ever reason for the season, I guess none is as significant as whichever one draws closest to one’s heart.

And Christmas to me, is a time for food, family and merriment. Every year I look forward to the spread of food Mom and my sisters would prepare for our annual fest of roast beef, baked ham, devil’s curry and cakes. Sitting around the dinner table with the entire family sharing a festive meal, catching up, toasting and the warmth of being amongst loved ones never fails to lift my heart and spirit. Not forgetting the all-important gift exchange – catching the smiles on each other’s faces turn to puzzlement after all the wrapping paper has been torn off (great family feuds result from buying the wrong gift!). So this year I wasn’t going to let the headaches, runny nose and stuffy nose from the flu stop me from being with the family.

Merry BirdsThis year, Yvonne made an Angry Birds inspired ‘Merry Birds’ cake. I was quite stoked that RovioMobile (the developers of the Angry Birds game) re-tweeted this shot through their official twitter account.

Merry BirdsMerry BirdsThe nephew is in his ‘make a funny face in each photo’ phase.

Merry BirdsIt was painful watching Yvonne slice into the cake.

Merry BirdsMerry BirdsMerry BirdsInstax-laroids!





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Alan+Melissa {Bridal Portraits}

December 21, 2010

Alan+Melissa are made of awesome. When they arrive to the shoot with some friends and a case full of cold beers you know that, well everything would be awesome.

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Alan+Melissa {Portraits}Alan+Melissa {Portraits}Did I mention they love Vespas? A little after this shot, we headed to out for food and more beer, true story.

Check out some more photographs from the Lifestyle portion of their shoot.

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Have an extremely awesome Merry Christmas!

December 06, 2010

The english is broken, but the sincerity isn’t.

Have an extremely awesome Merry Christmas!

Live long and prosper!





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Tony+Kit {Wedding Portraits}

December 02, 2010

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